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    Hiya everyone,

    I got an invited to a Skype interview for BA Design in Goldsmiths and I've heard various stories about the interview experience. Some say they're harsh and critical, some say the interview is laid-back and 'chill'.

    Has anyone gone through the interview stage or do they have any knowledge about what to expect for the questions/attitude of the interviewer?

    Thank you!
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    Hey! Don't know if you've had your interview yet, but I had mine (a 'normal' non skype one) today and got told I have a place! They were so so lovely and laid back, really engaged with the work, weren't overly critical but still managed to challenge us about our work and make us think about it in different ways. Stu/Stuart Bannocks interviewed us, he was a total delight and made the whole thing really enjoyable. He asked us to pick a piece of work we wanted to talk about in depth, then he picked one, you talk through that and then we just talked about why we want to be on the course, what films we enjoy, things that have inspired us etc. Good luck!
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    It was really cool and rather unofficial. In the end I was basically told that I've got the place and I got my offer the next day
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    I didn't get in The interview went really well and I thought I was for sure getting in but I recently got rejected. Asked for feedback and they said it 'seems' like I would suit a Graphics course rather than Design even though the guidelines said they welcome various types of work. I really wanted to go to Goldsmiths and study Design... I'm really upset now.
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    I'm really sorry for you. I don't know how many people get in. My portfolio was also quite graphics-oriented, but during the interview I expressed the will to be more multi-disciplinary in the future.
    Maybe they were right? Look for a good graphics course!
    My first choice is Graphic Design in ECA
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    I had an interview Wednesday just gone and I'm really nervous as I haven't heard back yet. I'm not sure if I should be worried as it seemed a lot of people heard back within a day or two after
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    (Original post by emily_tsharp)
    I had an interview Wednesday just gone and I'm really nervous as I haven't heard back yet. I'm not sure if I should be worried as it seemed a lot of people heard back within a day or two after
    When exactly did you have your interview? Was it via Skype?
    Maybe they didn't have time to process it all. I had mine on Skype around 12 and I got my reply the next day, just like my friend, but she didn't get in. I don't think that they give out offers first.
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    (Original post by natkaw)
    I'm really sorry for you. I don't know how many people get in. My portfolio was also quite graphics-oriented, but during the interview I expressed the will to be more multi-disciplinary in the future.
    Maybe they were right? Look for a good graphics course!
    My first choice is Graphic Design in ECA
    I just have no idea how it went so wrong. The guy even seems really interested in my portfolio and interview answers. Sure, I had quite a few graphic-based pieces in my portfolio but I tried showing that I have done various works. It was really hard too because I've never gotten the chance to study design before, only IB Art which is mostly painting, drawing and contextual studies, not design, so it's not like I had many design works I could have shared. I still tried to express my interest in pursuing various design disciplines like product design in my interview and PS... I even emphasized how I loved their Design programme because it would allow me to experiment with various design disciplines and pathways. I even included the fact that I have a small design business and everything... Its the only course in the uni involving design as well, I figured they facilitate all forms of design, including graphic design, apparently not.

    Anyway, it's quite tough... my first university decision ever and it's a rejection from my first choice. I'm hoping for the best from my other choices, at least most of them are graphic design based.

    I wish you all the best for the future Sorry for the rants! :P
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    (Original post by nikkib99)
    I just have no idea how it went so wrong. The guy even seems really interested in my portfolio and interview answers. Sure, I had quite a few graphic-based pieces in my portfolio but I tried showing that I have done various works. It was really hard too because I've never gotten the chance to study design before, only IB Art which is mostly painting, drawing and contextual studies, not design, so it's not like I had many design works I could have shared. I still tried to express my interest in pursuing various design disciplines like product design in my interview and PS... Its the only course in the uni involving design as well, I figured they facilitate all forms of design, including graphic design, apparently not.

    Anyway, it's quite tough... my first university decision ever and it's a rejection from my first choice. I'm hoping for the best from my other choices, at least most of them are graphic design based.

    I wish you all the best for the future. I'm genuinely happy for you, Goldsmiths is a great place
    Thank you! I don't have any other replies and Goldsmiths wasn't my first choice, but only because it's in London and I don't know if I will be able to afford it.
    If they have told you that you are more of a graphics person, then you should do great with your other choices, don't worry!
    I am also doing the IB btw, but my school doesn't offer Art at all and I have applied with no design-based subject. However, I have been taking extra classes.

    I believe that what has been the clue for Goldsmiths isn't being multi-disciplinary after all. Probably they were looking for the engagement in social and political problems by design and for being active. The guy has been really nice and he has told me that I am a suitable person, because I am reflective and engaged. Maybe you have just focused on different things and it just didn't match their philosophy. Don't worry, you have 4 other choices left!
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    (Original post by natkaw)
    When exactly did you have your interview? Was it via Skype?
    Maybe they didn't have time to process it all. I had mine on Skype around 12 and I got my reply the next day, just like my friend, but she didn't get in. I don't think that they give out offers first.
    It was at the university at 4pm on the 8th February. I haven't heard anything at all so I'm unsure whether to make that out to be they're not likely to be giving me an offer
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    (Original post by emily_tsharp)
    It was at the university at 4pm on the 8th February. I haven't heard anything at all so I'm unsure whether to make that out to be they're not likely to be giving me an offer
    My friend was 30 minutes before you and she got a rejection the next day, maybe hers was the last one sent this week. Don't worry! They have a week to answer.
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    (Original post by natkaw)
    My friend was 30 minutes before you and she got a rejection the next day, maybe hers was the last one sent this week. Don't worry! They have a week to answer.
    Ahh okay! I was worried they sent out offers first so I've been completely nervous about it! Thank you so much! fingers crossed ey
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    (Original post by natkaw)
    Thank you! I don't have any other replies and Goldsmiths wasn't my first choice, but only because it's in London and I don't know if I will be able to afford it.
    If they have told you that you are more of a graphics person, then you should do great with your other choices, don't worry!
    I am also doing the IB btw, but my school doesn't offer Art at all and I have applied with no design-based subject. However, I have been taking extra classes.

    I believe that what has been the clue for Goldsmiths isn't being multi-disciplinary after all. Probably they were looking for the engagement in social and political problems by design and for being active. The guy has been really nice and he has told me that I am a suitable person, because I am reflective and engaged. Maybe you have just focused on different things and it just didn't match their philosophy. Don't worry, you have 4 other choices left!
    Thanks for the kind words
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    I had my interview this Wednesday just gone and was quite nervous about whether I would get in or not (it was my only choice, which was potentially foolish), as what I create is very much a blend of fine art and design, among other things- and not traditional design in any sense, I don't create functional or useful objects as such. However this morning I was offered an unconditional place, would be interesting to hear about other people who have been accepted and what kind of work they do, and if anyone else who was in my group interview was offered a place~
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    (Original post by sam.g.ray)
    I had my interview this Wednesday just gone and was quite nervous about whether I would get in or not (it was my only choice, which was potentially foolish), as what I create is very much a blend of fine art and design, among other things- and not traditional design in any sense, I don't create functional or useful objects as such. However this morning I was offered an unconditional place, would be interesting to hear about other people who have been accepted and what kind of work they do, and if anyone else who was in my group interview was offered a place~
    Hi, I was also offered a place and I have a similar feeling about what I have presented in my portfolio. If you'd like to talk or share works just PM me
    Goldsmiths is my 3rd choice, after ECA and GSA from which I haven't heard yet.
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    does anyone know how many people are on the BA design course? I remember they told me but I forgot haha
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    Didn't do any art and design subject on my IB course. My dad is like "you won't get in the school lah. It's a prestige school. Just have a try"

    I get an offer .___.

    My two years of hard work paid off
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    (Original post by Aliciayyl)
    Didn't do any art and design subject on my IB course. My dad is like "you won't get in the school lah. It's a prestige school. Just have a try"

    I get an offer .___.

    My two years of hard work paid off
    Wow, great job! I'm so happy for you I got an offer from UAL so everything works out in the end. Best of luck at uni!
 
 
 
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